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Where the Long Tail Ends

Feb 13, 2016

Nat, Cody, and Robert decided to spend Valentine's Day this year with Benjamin Kubelsky better known to the world as Jack Benny. Why you may ask? Because Valentine's Day is his birthday.

Jack Benny is best remembered for his radio comedy and never made a science fiction film. But, he did dabble in the genre on one occasion with the February 2, 1953 episode of the radio anthology SUSPENSE titled PLAN X. It's the subject of most of our discussion as it tells a story set in the year 2053 where the martian 13756 called Zeno, drolly played by Jack Benny, must deal with explorers from Earth through implementing "Plan X". As you may guess, it's not exactly a dead serious story. But, does it have more ideas than we expected?

Following that discussion, we turn our attention to Ernst Lubitsch's TO BE OR NOT TO BE and follow it up with a discussion of Jack Benny's legacy. Hopefully, it's the perfect gift for the vain, skinflint in your life this Valentine's Day.